Monday, 10 April 2017

Chaosium Inc. Newsletter

The latest from Chaosium...including some Runequest news...

#45 the straight scoop from the well of chaos...

New RuneQuest edition to be known as

The new edition of the iconic roleplaying game RuneQuest will be formally known as RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha, or 'RQG' for short, Chaosium has announced.

First published by Chaosium in 1978, over the ensuing decades the RuneQuest game has gone through a number of editions with different publishers and licensees. The new edition returns to Chaosium where it started and where, in its heyday, was second only to Dungeons & Dragons in terms of sales.

More details about RQG at the link:

The first new RQG product is the RuneQuest Quickstart, which will be available in June for Free RPG Day and at the Chaosium website from July 1, 2017.

The Quickstart collects all the essential rules for RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha and presents them in abbreviated form.

It also includes a new adventure The Broken Tower and 5 pregen characters, ready to play.


Chaosium President Rick Meints also revealed that the new edition would not be launched with a Kickstarter.

The products scheduled for 2017 release are the RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha core rules, a Gloranthan Bestiary, and a scenarios book featuring adventures by game design legends Steve Perrin (RQ1&2), Ken Rolston (RQ3's 'rune czar', Morrowwind, Elder Scrolls), Chris Klug (DragonQuest II, James Bond 007 RPG) and the 'grand shaman of gaming' himself Greg Stafford.

RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha is scheduled for a Christmas 2017 release.

Chaosium is searching for GenCon and Origins GMs
Attend these events for free!

Gen Con (Aug 17-20), Indianapolis IN 
Make plans to attend GenCon this summer! Get a free badge through us. Run twelve hours of sessions. Go play for the other 60 hours. Take home some free stuff worth having. Terrify some new players. Have a great time. Do your summer with us!

This year we have own room, right in the convention center. This pit of horror will feature at least ten tables running Call of Cthulhu and demoing our new RuneQuest rules.

Origins (14-18 June), Columbus OH
We are seeking GMs for Origins too, to run games at our five tables of events. 16 hours for a free badge, a copy of the RuneQuest Quickstart (the Free RPG Day item from Chaosium this year), and other SWAG for GMs. 
How to join us? 
Contact and express your interest. He will answer any questions and add you to the team.

Licensee Focus:

Call of Cthulhu Metal Dice Kickstarter:

one week of madness to go, a whole swag of dice to get!


All original Stretch Goals have been unlocked. That's 28 bonus dice and a dice bag, on top of the original Q Workshop Metal Dice—all now part of your pledge!
With just even days to go, now's the time to jump on board this amazing Kickstarter campaign...
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